Museum Lunchtime Speaker: Lauren Umek, Ph.D, Dam Expert

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This summer’s McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum Lunchtime Lecture series includes a researcher who studies plastics and wildlife, a parks official on the positive effects of removing dams, and the design aspects of riverside development.

The weekly series is held on Mondays July 8 through August 26 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. on the museum’s plaza on the Chicago Riverwalk. The museum is located in the southwest bridgetower at Michigan Avenue and Wacker Drive in Chicago.

The speaker series is free.

July 22: Lauren Umek Ph.D, Chicago Park District. Umek, an urban ecologist, was the Chicago Park District project manager for the removal of the North Branch dam at River Park. Built in 1910, the dam was eliminated in 2018 in an effort to open up another 20 miles of the river for fish and to make paddling safer.

For the complete schedule for this summer click here.